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Rohingya Migrants Found Adrift in Thai Waters

Rohingya Migrants Found Adrift in Thai Waters

The Rohingya Muslims were fleeing Myanmar, where they often face persecution.

Myanmar Collects Temporary ID Cards from Rohingya Muslims

A recent Amnesty International report says the situation for Rohingyas in Myanmar is deteriorating.

Scores March Against Voting Rights for Myanmar’s Rohingya

Many Rohingya Muslims are denied citizenship and face prejudice in the majority Buddhist Myanmar.

Rohingya Women, Children on Desperate Voyage

Thousands of Rohingya Muslims are fleeing persecution in Burma.

Thousands of Rohingya Confined to Camps in Myanmar

They’re struggling to make a living two years after sectarian violence erupted in Rakhine state.

Rohingyas: No Place in the World, Part 2

In the second of a two-part series, our reporters explore the root cause of human trafficking through the story of the Rohingyas, a stateless Muslim minority living in Burma and Bangladesh.

Rohingyas: No Place in the World, Part 1

In the first of a two-part series, our reporters explore the root cause of human trafficking through the story of the Rohingyas, a stateless Muslim minority living in Burma and Bangladesh.

'We Have No Place to Go'

Rohingya Muslim refugees in Burma are bracing for a strong cyclone.

In Search of a Home

Nural Islam, a top Rohingya leader, says his people are persecuted in Myanmar, and are unwanted as refugees in Bangladesh and in Southeast Asian countries.

Resettling: Cultural Challenges

Thousands of miles from Myanmar, where they were born, a handful of the world's poorest and most desperate refugees, the Rohingya, start new lives in the U.S. Midwest.

2010, Experts Describe Repression

An academic and an activist describe Burma’s harsh treatment of the Rohingya. They also provide accounts of conditions in refugee camps in Bangladesh.

A Long Simmering Crisis

Journey to Malaysia

A Rohingya refugee describes his journey to Malaysia in the aftermath of the June 2012 ethnic clashes in Burma’s Rakhine State.


Bangladesh 2012

Bangladesh 2012: Pushed Back at Sea

On June 18, about 130 Rohingyas, mostly young men, were sent back to sea from Bangladesh on nine open boats. They had been fed and given water by an army major, who said he was just following orders.


Thailand 2008

Thailand 2008: Sent Back Out to Sea

Denied citizenship in Burma, the Muslim Rohingya minority are a stateless people—and desperate enough for asylum to take their chances on the high seas. Photo courtesy of Thai Navy.